I feel most people on this thread need to calm down. The OP's post is ignorant... but seemingly unintentionally (that's a joke). It doesn't seem worthwhile to start calling people insensitive and wishing never to be in their care. I think the nature of this inquiry simply revolves around the fact that one is made to learn a bunch of information simply to pass a test. Certainly, it doesn't seem the OP realizes that the majority of a BSN education is not applicable to the "real life" of a nurse. I must admit, I can't tell you when a full semester's worth of knowledge of the writings of the antiquities proved useful to my nursing career. Of course, taking some odd amount of general education credits is necessary for any bachelor degree. Overall, to me, the original post seems innocent enough. To answer the OP's question though. Simply put. Maternity and OB and Peds is just part of the education of a nurse. It proves valuable in rare circumstances from a professional standpoint for a nurse who is a man; however, it does lead to a more well rounded understanding of the complexities of pregnancy/child birth. If for no other reason, appreciate the fact that learning about OB/GYN makes one more able to be empathetic and understanding. In addition, a basic knowledge of this stuff can help make for better critical thinking in rare situations. If you cannot appreciate that, then simply think of it as another requirement like phys ed or a philosophy class.